Choosing the Best Facial Primer For Your Skin Type

Facial Primer

Some cosmetic junkies wouldn’t consider makeup application without proper prepping and priming first. Facial Primer for me hasn’t always been an essential part of my regime however it is an important makeup application step since it can prolong the freshness of your foundation, fill in fine lines and pores, and just allow your overall makeup to last longer as it creates a solid base between your foundation and your face.

Choosing the best facial primer for your skin type can be a little confusing so it’s best to understand your skin type prior to choosing the proper primer for it.

Jump ahead for a brief guide to facial primers.

  • Normal Skin

I haven’t personally ever met a person with normal skin (I suspect it’s an urban legend) and if you happen to have some, lucky freaking you! We are all jealous!

If your skin is normal it will feel supple, look vibrant, and lacks traces of oil or dry patches. Normal skin types have the least amount of woe and problems.

If you have normal skin chances are you probably aren’t feeling the need for a primer at all but it will aid in making your skin look its best, easing the way for your foundation, plus allowing your make up to wear long and strong.

Look for a primer that has a light, creamy formula sans silicones. If you have normal skin chances are you have smaller pores and less likely to have fine lines if you’re younger or even older which means you can easily leave behind silicone or thicker primers to fill these imperfections.

Normal Skin Facial Primer

  • Facial Primers for Normal Skin

Benefit “That Gal” Brightening Face Primer isn’t a fav of mine however normal skin types will see the advantage as it preps well, has a light, creamy formula, and will even brighten skin a little bit while creating a good working canvas for makeup.

Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow is another great option for normal skin types as it’s silicone-free as well and has a slight illuminating finish with a creamy, light formula to make skin glow.

Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer is another great option as it comes in a variety of shades plus is quite suitable for normal skin since it’s formulated sans oil plus has a light, quick absorbing formula.

  • Dry Skin

If your skin is dry your face will feel tight perhaps itchy. You’ll also experience flaky and dry patches. Dry skin types have smaller, finer pores and have a tendency to age quicker. Dullness and a swallow tone is common for those with drier skin.

If you have dry skin it’s essential you skip silicone primers in my humble opinion as they are simply going to pill on your face (roll off in tiny balls). Go for a silicone-free formula with a highly moisturizing formula.

Dry Skin Facial Primer

  • Facial Primers for Dry Skin

Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-Reversing Primer and Korres Face Primer are moisturizing primers that sooth dry skin while creating a dewy base for foundation. The age reversing formula is a particular great option since it’s a powerful treatment to improve skin texture as it primes.

Although not a primer in the traditional sense Make Up For Ever HD Elixir is an ideal solution for prepping dry skin for makeup, particularly powders or minerals. This lightweight serum eases flaky, dry skin with a single application.

Shills Perfect Brightening Primer is another favorite for dry skin as it’s a rich creamy base that truly prolongs your makeup wear. This creates a solid base for makeup and wears long all day while brightening up tired, dull skin.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer as well as Laura Geller Spackle are both wonderfully lightweight, hydrating primers for makeup. These both create a great base for foundation as they aid the blending of product and create a dewy surface.

  • Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, POOR you. Oily skin is prob the worst type of skin type to have in some cases as it’s difficult to keep in order. If you have oily skin your cheeks, nose, and forehead will easily become shiny and look greasy. You’ll also likely have larger pores and easily break out.

Oily skin users should choose a mattifying primer and in most cases that has silicone since this formula will create a good matte base for makeup plus fill pores.

I personally think silicone are uncomfortable as they make me itchy and also feel mask-like on my face. The options I choose for oily skin do have silicone but are comfortable to wear without having the itchy, mask experience.

Oily Skin Facial Primer

  • Facial Primers for Oily Skin

Although not a traditional primer or acknowledged as a primer by its brand, I highly suggest Urban Decay De-Slick in a Tube to keep oily skin tamed. De-slick comes in a lightweight gel formula which instantly soothes oily skin on contact and keeps it matte for hours. A perfect prep and prime for oily skin types.

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion is ideal for filling larger pores as well as creating a matte base for makeup.

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer evens skin tone while filling pores and creating a matte finish.

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch is a very good base for oily skin types as it’s thick enough to fill finer lines and larger pores in a snap. This also creates an even, smooth, matte finish.

Philosophy Never Let Them See You Shine Primer
is another great pick for mattifying skin with a lighter, comfortable formula.

  • Combination Skin

Ahhh the most combo skin type. I always struggle with whether my skin is dry or combo. Combo types experience oil around the nose and forehead but will be drier around other areas of the face such as the cheeks. My skin is combo in the Summer and I seem to experience a bit of oily around my jawline as well I’ve noticed. Combo types also experience patches of dryness on the cheeks on occasion.

Combination Skin Facial Primer

  • Facial Primers for Combination Skin

Clarins Instant Smooth is a good base for combo skin types as it will mattify oily spots while still remaining moisturizing enough for drier areas without pilling.

Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion Brightening is a thicker formula that manages to fill pores and smooth oily spots.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Age-Reversing Primer and Korres Face Primer are moisturizing primers yes but they are also great to use on combination skin as each can act as a facial moisturizer so you can multitask the product. Skipping facial moisturizer is not recommended but on warmer Summer days you can use as a facial cream and primer to prep skin.

  • Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin inflames easily, becomes irritated easily, and just reeks havoc on your makeup life.

Sensitive Skin Facial Primer

  • Facial Primers for Oily Skin

Lorac Aquaprimeaqua is a lightweight water-based makeup primer that moisturizes and prepares your skin for makeup. This particular primer is ideal for sensitive types since it’s formulated without oil, silicones, fragrance, or parabens.

Although choosing a proper primer for your skin type can be intimidating with a little homework, patience, and searching you’ll find the perfect facial primer for your skin type easily.

What’s your skin type and what primer do you use?

Do share, I think it’ll be a great resource for those who have a similar skin type to see what others are using!

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  • 6/22/10 12:59 Audrey D:

    I use the Fresh Twilight and I L-O-V-E it!! It gives you this glow from within. Doesn’t make you shiny at all.

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    • 6/22/10 13:15 the Muse:

      hey audrey what’s your skin type!

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      • 11/6/13 6:19 Ilma:

        I have the normal skin type..but mine is sensitive. I don’t wear makeup heavily but a light foundation and concealer work for me. I have never used a primer, but I used the Sephora one which was silicone loaded and ended up breaking out. I shudder to think of primers but have been eyeing the Happy Light Bourjois one. Would you recommend the matte or the Lumi? I live in Dubai, so the weather here is a bit of a humidzone in summer and a killer-windy in December.

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  • 6/22/10 13:13 Stephanie:

    I really want to like, go to a professional or SOMEONE who knows skin, and have mine inspected. Ha. I’m so stuck on what my skin type is (Either combination, dry, or sensitive), although I’m guessing it’s a mixture. Why does skin have to be so difficult?!

    In any rate, this is some great information. I’m in definite need of a primer. Thanks Muse!

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    • 6/22/10 13:21 the Muse:

      Hi Stephanie. Me too! ha b/c my junk is constantly changing around. My pleasure hun!

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  • 6/22/10 14:58 Christina:

    Whats the difference between normal and combi skin?

    I do get a bit oily near the end of the day, but isn’t that normal? (or does that count as combi?)

    Its so tough finding a primer without silicones but at the moment, Majolica Majorca OD Skin Lingerie (which contains silicones) is keeping me happy (:

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    • 6/22/10 15:05 the Muse:

      christina normal skin types don’t really experience oiliness. Normal skin types are basically perfect in every way lol. no oily, no acne, problems, etc….if you experience oiliness just towards the end of the day without break outs or larger pores could be you are normal. there are quite a few primers in this post sans silicones :)

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      • 6/22/10 15:25 Christina:

        Ooh then I’m probably combi I guess.

        I’ve the odd pimple or so, but isn’t that normal for teenagers?

        I really appreciate your posts because they are so useful! I’m going to get the UD primer when I hit Sephora (:

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        • 6/22/10 15:33 the Muse:

          hi christina. Are you oily throughout the day? forehead? nose? or just towards end of the day? patchy dryness on cheeks? :) these are signs of combo skin. stop by a local clinique counter and they can tell you exactly your type :-D

          aw I’m glad! My pleasure. Enjoy, the UD primer is a nice 1!

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  • 6/22/10 16:41 Laudry:

    Hi! I have combination skin (a sometimes-oily T-zone plus sometimes-dry cheeks & areas around my eyes). I sort of discovered my primer by accident.

    I use Paula’s Choice skin care, and one part of it makes the best primer I’ve ever used. It’s her “Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum w/ Retinol.” She also has versions for oily, dry & aging skin. I was worried in case it shouldn’t be used that way, so I checked Paula’s literature, & she says it’s a great primer too.

    I get a super-smooth & supple surface for foundation, etc. plus it’s unbelievably good for your skin – I know from the years I’ve used it just as part of my skin care.I’ve tried Laura Mercier, Smashbox & Urban Decay primers too but so far I like this one best!

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    • 6/22/10 16:50 the Muse:

      I never tried Laudry :-D but thanks for adding/sharing it :-D

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  • 6/22/10 17:10 Lillian:

    I guess i have combination skin, but i’m a bit odd :P I have a dry, flaky nose and forehead then ‘normal’ skin on my cheeks. Also my skin isn’t really sensitive but i am allergic to something in certain skin products (i dont know what though :/)
    i love the sound of Lorac Aquaprimeaqua if it moisturisers your skin!

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  • 6/22/10 18:03 teresa:

    thank you this is so helpful!

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    • 6/23/10 13:16 the Muse:

      aw thanks teresa happy to hear that!

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  • 6/22/10 18:55 Florence:

    i use smashbox photo finish and love it! combination skin.
    i hate that gal- really, what is it for??

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    • 6/23/10 13:15 the Muse:

      no idea florence lol. that gal is a weird one :-D I didn’t love it but some folks SWEAR by it.

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  • 6/22/10 18:59 DivaShop:

    Hmm, based on this info, I think my facial skin is probably combo. Everywhere else I’m just dry. Interesting.

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  • 6/22/10 21:40 Brooke:

    I have combo/sensitive/has a mind of it’s own skin and I use Smashbox Photofinish primer. It claims to reduce the appearance of pores, however, I have to disagree. I don’t have huge pores, but I just can’t get the little suckers all the way clean so they still show up a little ( sorry if that’s TMI!). I feel like it does slightly help the staying power of my foundation, however in the humid Midwest summer, the weather definitely wins. I do like the feel – it leaves my skin really silky smooth. It’s pretty pricey and I can’t say that I would buy it again but I would consider it – I’m always searching for bigger, better things.

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    • 6/23/10 9:32 the Muse:

      hey brooke! not at all TMI :-D sadly I can’t use Smashbox PF it makes me break out TERRIBLE!

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      • 6/23/10 18:38 Brooke:

        I have been somewhat thinking the same myself but didn’t mention it because I haven’t exactly narrowed it down to be the culprit.
        I don’t wear primer often – usually just when I go out on the weekends, which usually entails dancing (ie sweating and around a lot of cig smoke)…but the next day or so I tend to break out. I kinda considered it being the PF but now that you say it maybe it really is!
        I need to wear it once just around the house for a day to see what happens…

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        • 6/24/10 12:00 the Muse:

          brooke could be b/c alot of people experience this with PF! :-D slap it on when you’re home one night and see what happens!

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      • 8/12/10 9:25 Anne:

        Thank you for such a comprehensive guide, very useful. All the primers I have tried (NARS, Shu Uemura, Sephora own brand) make me break out, even though I don’t have oliy skin and almost never get blemishes. Do you think this is the silicon in them? Would love to find a primer that doesn’t upset my skin!

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        • 8/12/10 9:27 the Muse:

          hi anne, it’s very possible. silicone is not my friend. It makes me itch and break out which is saying something considering I rarely break out. If you do not have oily skin and never get blemishes you should try something more soothing and moisturizing such as Korres Silicone Free Primer or perhaps the new Stila all in one primer (quite good so far, testing it out this week).

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          • 8/12/10 10:00 Anne:

            Fantastic, I will try it and get back to you! Thanks again for the great post.

          • 8/12/10 10:21 the Muse:

            my pleasure anne! I have reviews of the korres stuff and and the stilla will be up soon hun! def keep away from the silcones, I rarely break out but silcone does it to me EVERY time :D

  • 6/22/10 22:26 M:

    How timely! I was shopping around for a new primer!

    I am one of those with oily skin. :P And you are right, it is a MAJOR pain. I used to use lightweight sunblock as a primer, but it cakes up my liquid foundation. Then tried MUFE HD primer but it doesn’t seem to do much.

    Now I just bought Anna Sui’s Protective Primer L, which is mattifying but seems to cause breakouts on my skin! Strange thing is, it also makes my skin dry and a bit itchy. URGH! Will give the UD Deslick a try. Hope it works.

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    • 6/23/10 9:27 the Muse:

      M I really think you’d love deslick, I swear it’s a miracle for my jawline and forehead!

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  • 6/23/10 7:25 yuki:

    Nice review =) I have an oily T-zone n my cheeks are ok~ Pores on my nose are like HUGE (though the sales assistants said they’ve seen bigger) yaiks! I’m currently using Laneige’s Skin Veil Base SPF 26/PA+ … It covers the pores and doesn’t have silicone…

    I’m interested in trying the one by Philosophy (nvr let them see u shine)… even the name is cute… haha… waiting for Sephora to open in Malaysia~~

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    • 6/23/10 9:20 the Muse:

      hi yuki! thanks for sharing :-D I tried Skin Veil Base and liked it :-D aw hope Sephora comes soon!

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  • 6/23/10 10:55 Annie:

    For the most part, I have normal skin. It’s only when I’m out in the heat and humidity that I’ll break shine on my forehead and nose. You’ve pegged it Must, for normal skin, the MUFE HD primer is the best! It’s what I use everyday, even when I used tinted moisturizer instead of foundation. I don’t think I can ever be without that primer. I’ve only used the clear one, so I don’t know how well the color correcting ones work, but I would think they would have the same consistency and I love that about this primer.

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    • 6/23/10 11:50 the Muse:

      ha cool annie! :-D I think the MUFE HD Primer is overall a great one for most skin types. It’s really nice stuff! the color ones are awesome. I like the pink for brightening up and the yellow for evening out my skin tone!

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  • 6/23/10 11:15 Larie:

    Wonderful post! Thanks for the info, Muse :)

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    • 6/23/10 11:48 the Muse:

      aw thanks larie glad u liked!

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  • 6/23/10 12:57 Corinne:

    I like MUFE’s HD primer but it’s not making my makeup last an 8 hour workday =( and i work in an office so it’s not like i’m sweating it off. I have oily skin so I am shopping for a new primer also. I was thinking of trying MAC’s Prep and Prime SPF 50 one…any news on that one?

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    • 6/23/10 13:02 the Muse:

      haven’t tried that one Corrine but my initial try with mac’s old prep and prime was disappointing as hell!

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      • 6/23/10 15:28 Corinne:

        uh oh that’s no good…HHMMM i’ll ask for a sample first LOL

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        • 6/23/10 15:46 the Muse:

          that always works corinne :-D try before u buy :D

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  • 6/26/10 2:35 Anna:

    I have dry sensitive skin that turns red easily. I’ve been using smashbox’s green color correcting primer and it really helps with the redness. It doesn’t help with the dryness though and I’m a bit torn about whether I should try switching to the laura mercier. I have to use another lotion to moisturize, and that plus the foundation feels way too heavy. maybe i’ll try bb creams to see what that’s like.

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  • 7/10/10 12:06 Phoebe:

    I am subscribing to your blog, I am just going through the reviews that interest me the most first :D

    Do you think primer is required for me, who just use Bb cream? My skincare routine consists of cleanse, tone, moisturise and then add on BB cream. I have combination skin with a very oily T zone, so I find with some BB cream (esp those without good oil control), the T zone gets oily within the hour ^^; will the primer improve the BB cream and overall look?

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    • 7/12/10 9:34 the Muse:

      glad to hear it phoebe welcome :)

      if you have an oily t zone primer maybe help. It could potentially make the BB Cream look nicer.

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  • 7/12/10 17:26 Stephanie:

    i loled a little when you said that oily skin is the worst type to have. Me and my mother both have pretty oily skin but we dont get acne and she doesn’t have a single wrinkle and she’s in her 50 ‘s. I think i will invest in a silicone primer, just because my skin gets oily midday and i dont like it.

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  • 8/15/10 11:12 Kat:

    I have sort of normal/combination skin. My cheeks are what you described as normal I guess, they aren’t oily or dry and I can’t see any pores for the most part. I get the occasional spot but only really when I’m horemonal. As for my t zone. It’s not oil slick oily, just a little more so than my cheeks, but it’s always broken out and I have huge pores.

    What kind of primer do you think would be best in my case?^^

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    • 8/16/10 10:26 the Muse:

      hi kat I listed all skin types and primers best used for the skin types. Look over the post and see what best suits your problem if that doesn’t help perhaps head to a counter and get a recommendation for your skin type. Hope this helps!

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  • 8/16/10 10:04 Ella:

    I’m not sure if I have dry skin or if I’m a combo type, I find that my nose gets very dry and flaky but my pores are quite large and I experience a lot of breakouts, help me!

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    • 8/16/10 10:17 the Muse:

      Hi Ella I’ve listed all the skin types and the best primer selections for all skin types in this post. Read it over and see what most suits your problems. Perhaps it will help you select the best primer. Hope this helps if not head to a makeup counter and have someone at the counter recommend a good primer type for your skin.

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      • 8/16/10 11:26 Ella:

        Thanks a bunch Muse!

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        • 8/16/10 11:31 Ella:

          I went over the post, and I figure I probably have dry skin because while I do get quite a few breakouts etc. I don’t notice my skin ever being actually oily, thanks again =D!

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          • 8/16/10 12:00 the Muse:

            my pleasure ella glad it helped a little bit hun xoxo!

        • 8/16/10 12:00 the Muse:

          my pleasure ella :-D

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  • 8/16/10 10:06 Ella:

    PS. The breakouts are mostly around my T-zone!

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  • 8/31/10 0:50 ash:

    I have eczema and my skin is reallllllly sensitive…..usuallly get breakout and pimples…reallly confused with which primer is best suited….

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    • 8/31/10 8:13 the Muse:

      hi ash read over the post, I’ve pretty much outlined skin types and such. Hope this helps!

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  • 8/31/10 0:52 ash:

    and my skin is reall dryy

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  • 10/20/10 18:11 Loup:

    I guess I have some kind of combination skin, but my skin gets oily all over during the day and is also dry/flaky at the same time, or rather, dehydrated. I’m using Sana Pore Putty Clear at the moment and it minimizes pores very nicely, but does not keep oilies at bay (I hope it does not contain alcohol – I can’t translate the ingredients)

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  • 10/24/10 10:33 rc:

    I have combination skin and I use Laura Mercier primer with MUFE Face and Body foundation, works great. The make up stays on all day. and very little oil on the T-Zone. But I am in a colder climate ( Canada ), so it may helps a bit on oil…

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  • 1/26/11 22:28 Lady Rosenred:

    The best i have found so far for oily skin is Clinique pore minimizer instant perfector, it does a much better job keeping the shine away and masking large pores than two faced primed and poreless

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  • 2/7/11 16:02 samthatsme:

    Hey your information is super helpful but do you think I have oily or combo skin because I can’t tell! It’s weird when I get out of the shower my skin is super dry especially around my nose (that’s the worst) so then I get flaky skin around my nose but then as the day progresses i get oily skin around my nose but It’s still flaky so what type of skin do you think I have?

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  • 3/16/11 5:44 okzal:

    HI, I just came across your blog and I find it very interesting and fun to read (: Plus you update really frequently. Anyway, can BB cream be used as a primer?

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  • 4/5/11 14:07 Michelle:

    Awesome post Muse… Wish I’d read this 1st before trying 4 different primers — all returned due to 1 issue or another.

    Have ULTRA-sensitive skin & just recently picked-up the LORAC one you listed last on this list.

    Fingers crossed — using it this AM.

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    • 4/5/11 14:24 the Muse:

      hi michelle glad you liked it ;-D lmk how it works out for you!

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  • 5/24/11 2:53 elaine:

    i’m trying really hard to find a good primer for the summer! i have super oily skin so i’m definitely gonna go and pick me up some UD de-slick in a tube soon. thanks for the post!

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    • 5/24/11 9:01 the Muse:

      my pleasure elaine I hope it works for you! ;D

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  • 6/16/11 20:35 Marissa:

    not sure if my skin is oily or combination?!? It’s super oily in the t-zone and on the eyelids, also a little on the chin, but other areas get dried out and irritated every so often… I know I have sensitive skin (I have dermatits and eczema) and I get bad acne. Basically the worst skin on the planet :/

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  • 10/4/11 11:59 Kamagrian:

    I’ve tried lots of these (and others), but at the moment I’m loving GOSH Velvet Touch Line Perfector. It’s a thick, creamy-gel-type primer in a jar, and it really seems to help smooth out my fine lines (I’m in my late 30s, so I need that, oh yes!) and keep my foundation even and in place all day. It seems to work well with my mineral, liquid and cream foundation, so it’s the one that’s being pulled out my of primer box most often this summer!

    I’m really tempted to add that Shills one to the collection now. I’ll blame you. :-D

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    • 10/10/11 16:02 the Muse:

      shills is a nice one kamagrian ;-D brightens my dull skin up too!

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  • 10/29/11 17:00 Heather:

    Have you ever tried Absence or Absence 2 by Janie Iredale? If so, what did you think?

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    • 10/31/11 12:56 the Muse:

      I’ve never heard of either Heather sorry!?

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  • 12/6/11 13:57 Jennifer:

    Normally i have really oily skin but lately because of the winter i have extreamily sensitive skin.I don’t know which primer will go better on me

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  • 3/5/12 23:51 Matthew:

    Thank you so so much for this article! I ran out of my Laura Mercier primer, and substituted a sample of a primer given to me by Sephora that is chock full of silicone. I have dry skin that is somewhat prone to acne, and it gave me some weird forehead bumps, and make my make-up ball up. I thought I was going crazy!

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    • 3/6/12 9:14 the Muse:

      my pleasure matthew aw that’s awful! be ware of ‘cones they are the worst. totally makes my skin itchy :( I used reviewed Nip + Fab Primer and it is fab for dry skin and considerably cheaper than Laura’s version ;D

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  • 6/4/12 6:48 TwirlyGirly:

    I know I’m a bit late to comment on this post (like by a couple of years!), but if you have combination skin, there’s no rule stating you can’t use different primers on different areas of your face.

    My forehead is quite oily still (despite middle age), and I have large pores on my cheeks near my nose, and on my nose itself. The rest of my face is normal/dry (depending on the season).

    Rather than trying to find ONE primer suitable for my entire face, I use BeneFit’s Dr. Feelgood (a mattifying primer) on my forehead, nose, and cheeks near my nose….and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer everywhere else.

    For those of you having issues with primers causing your base to “ball up,” I have found this is more likely to occur as a result of using far too much primer. Less is definitely more. Whatever primer you choose, a blob the size of a very small pea is all you need to do the job. If you can see the primer on your face after you’ve applied it, you’ve absolutely used too much!

    The same problem can occur with lid primers and eyeshadows. I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance, and “half a grain of rice” per eye is my rule of thumb. Any more than that and I can have issues!

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  • 6/29/12 22:34 showtunegirl:

    I’m too old to have oily skin – yet alas, this seems to be the case. Oh well, we can all relish in our lack of wrinkles. Currently, I’m on a quest to find the perfect primer for me. So far, there are possibilities but nothing has given completely what I’m looking for. I’ve tried Smashbox (really not good for me), Hourglass (still a contender), Lancomb (still a contender), The Body Shop (not good for me), oh and Nars (highly recommended, but it really didn’t do anything for my shiny makeup sliding face), when having my eyebrows waxed, the technician from Carol Baker tried their primer and by the end of the night (two hours later) I was a grease slick as per usual.

    Still to try – Clinique, Clairns and Este Lauder. It is so frustrating since the ones that I’ve tried have been highly recommended yet not very successful for me.

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  • 8/11/12 20:35 Caitlyn:

    Hey I have oily, sensitive skin. I really hate having this skin. I don’t know what to do with it. I am just wondering if primer for my skin type it would be nice to know if something does work with my skin.:)

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  • 12/21/12 12:53 Phoenix:

    I suspect have combination skin, with the Oily T-Zone, and normal cheeks. I’m not sure though; I also tend to break out along the jawline and neck (hormones), I don’t have large pores, and I am in my early 30s, but my skin looks like in my early 20s. My tone is good, just a tad bit blotchy. I’m VERY fair skinned (redhead fair). I’m trying to find a primer that will work. I tend to break out easily, but it’s typically isolated to my chin and jawline.

    I wear Physician’s formula 16 hour mineral wear; By the end of the day, my skin feels slightly oily along my entire face, makeup melts off along my T-Zone and looks flaky along my cheeks. It’s fine everywhere else.

    I have tried Femme Couture’s mineral wear primer… BIG MISTAKE, I break out from it within hours. I would NOT recommend this product for anyone, I’ve seen many people with the same complaints, including a makeup artist. I have some mac eye shadow primer I have used occasionally as a facial primer (bad me, I know), and it works great, no breakouts, but I want something that will reduce the sight of fine lines (I only have expression lines), and allow my makeup to stay on my face all day, no matter the heat. I would like something with a matte effect. I have heard people suggest milk of magnesia — has anyone tried this on combination skin? I heard really good things from people with oily skin though.

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  • 7/2/13 12:41 Jazmyne:

    Can you do the same
    With drugstore please (: or tell me some good one i have dry skin

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  • 10/20/13 23:30 Bertha:

    I have combo sensitive acne prone skin and I can’t seem to find the right primer for me I get really tired if having something that doesn’t work for me I would like a respond please and thank you ! (:

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  • 4/13/14 23:46 Lauren:

    Lovely post. So helpful. One question though. What do you do if you have dry sensitive skin and like a more radiant, dewy finish yet you have large pores and every foundation you try settles in the little lines around your mouth? Korres & Laura Geller both made my skin burn when I put them on. I’ve also tried the Makeup Forever HD primer, Laura Mercier Radiance & Hydrating primers, Revlon Miracle Blur, Givenchy Mister Smooth, Clinique Pore Refiner, and the Benefit Porefessional. Advice?

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  • 4/22/14 17:52 Amanda:

    Oily skin is not the worst skin type. You can actually take care of your oily skin. You have blotting papers, setting powders, mattifying primers. An array of skin care products that cater to oilyness. Least you can make your foundation look good through out the day.

    With dry skin, your foundation can look like crap all day, and there’s nothing you can do about it except wipe your makeup off. Foundation will cling to your dry patches, settle into fine lines…It does not look cute.
    Even exfoliating, and using a moisturizer, you can still get dry spots. You can also forget about using foundations brushes. They create microexfoliation and kick up dry flakes. Thats why I use a beauty blender.

    Sorry for my rant, but it’s highly annoying to hear people complain about oily skin as being horrible. Love your oily skin, its beautiful and youthful looking.

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